Deceased November 5, 2017

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In Memory

Gage died peacefully in South Dartmouth, Mass., perhaps 10 minutes away from his birthplace in New Bedford. Prep school at Deerfield Academy, college at Amherst, a 44-year teaching career at Deerfield and retirement in 2000, which sent him back to South Dartmouth, probably keeping him in the Bay State for 99 percent of his life. At Deerfield he was a wonderful and popular math teacher and also coached both soccer and golf.

An Alpha Delt at Amherst, Gage played on the squash and golf teams, sang with the Zumbyes and was our class choregus. One of his passions was Gilbert and Sullivan, and indeed John Royse ’56, his good friend and roommate at both schools, recalls his stirring bass performance in the title role of The Mikado at Deerfield.

Upon retirement, Gage spent most of his time at the New Bedford Country Club playing many rounds of golf until his knees finally forced him off the course to the clubhouse. He rued the fact that, although he came within two or three strokes of shooting his age, his aging joints cut his playing days short of achieving that feat. However, as a life member of his club, Gage continued to dine and schmooze with his buddies four or five days a week. It is hard for anyone to think of him without recalling his biting wit, his booming voice and the distinctive pleasant aroma of his ever-present pipe.

He is survived by three nieces, Karen Donoghue, Gail Hindle and Susan Wilson of Massachusetts; two nephews, Russell Hindle of North Carolina and Gage Hindle of California; and a sister in-law, Sarah Hindle of Massachusetts, all of whom will miss Uncle Peter’s wonderful sense of humor and entertaining jokes.

Peter Levison ’56